Long COVID: More Clues Coming, but No ‘Aha’ Moments Yet


David Putrino, PhD, physical therapist; director of rehabilitation innovation, Mount Sinai Health System; associate professor of rehabilitation and human performance, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City.

Steven Flanagan, MD, vice president, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; chair of rehabilitation medicine, NYU Langone Health, New York City.

Kathleen Bell, MD, professor and chair of physical medicine and rehabilitation, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.

Thomas Gut, DO, director, Post-COVID Recovery Center and associate chair of medicine, Staten Island University Hospital, New York City.

Grant Mitchell, MD, site chair, Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York City.

Sritha Rajupet, MD, primary care lead, Post-COVID Clinic, Stonybrook University’s Renaissance School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY.

Denise Crean, former preschool special education teacher and long-haul COVID patient, Farmingville, NY.

Lekshmi Santhosh, MD, founder and medical director, OPTIMAL Clinic, and assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine, UC San Francisco.

Caitlin Barber, registered dietitian and long-haul COVID patient, Saugerties, NY.

Arianna Varas, executive assistant and recovered long-haul COVID patient, New York City.

Becker’s Hospital Review.

The New York Times: “Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count,” “Another Struggle for Long Covid Patients: Disability Benefits.”

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: “Risk factors and disease profile of post-vaccination SARS-CoV-2 infection in UK users of the COVID Symptom Study app: a prospective, community-based, nested, case-control study.”

The New England Journal of Medicine: “Confronting Our Next National Health Disaster — Long-Haul Covid.”

medRxiv: “Characterizing Long COVID in an International Cohort: 7 Months of Symptoms and Their Impact.”

News release, HHS.gov: “Guidance on ‘Long COVID’ as a Disability Under the ADA, Section 504, and Section 1557.”

Social Security Administration: “Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2019.”

CDC: “Evaluating and Caring for Patients with Post-Covid Conditions: Interim Guidance.”

American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: “Post-acute COVID-19 syndrome negatively impacts physical function, cognitive function, health-related quality of life and participation.”

News release, National Institutes of Health: “NIH builds large nationwide study population to support research on long-term effects of COVID-19.”


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